Benjamin Hagerl (left) and Steven Terrell (right)

San Francisco police seized nearly 60 pounds of MDMA, a drug more commonly called ecstasy, in an apartment on Mission Street near 29th Street Sunday. Two men, one identified as 31-year-old Steven Terrell and the other as 36-year-old Benjamin Hagerl, were arrested in connection with the drugs.

Police said that at about 9 a.m. Sunday, a resident called and said that a man was trying to get inside an apartment unit in the 3300 block of Mission Street. When the resident refused to let the man in, the suspect broke one of the apartment windows and left a trail of blood.

When police arrived, they found a fresh trail of blood and followed it to a second-floor apartment. After they knocked on the door, a man with blood on his hand and pants answered.

While talking to the man, whom officers later identified as the burglary suspect, police noticed several narcotic packages on the floor. They also saw that a second man was inside the apartment.

They detained both men and served them a search warrant. The search led to the discovery of 23 kilograms of MDMA in the form of powder and 4.5 kilograms in the form of pills.

Officers also seized nearly $30,000 in cash and computer equipment.

Both men were taken to County jail on charges of possession of controlled substance for sale, maintaining a place for selling or using a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime.

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Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

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  1. A woman tried explaining to me that Burning Man is a very deep and profound experience. I told her that I doubted that very much. She then proceeded to tell me that it isn’t all about drugs and that whatever you find there is what you are looking for. I asked her, “Such as?” And she mentioned something about a tent dedicated to fist fudging…

  2. Apparently, a sense of humor isn’t required for Burning Man either. I, for one, thought EssEffOh’s comment was funny.

  3. you’re right… it’s a vacuous experience devoid of awesome conversations— everyone Must be intoxicated to want to drive around in experimental art cars that are WEIRD!, and go to parties that last all night amongst 2 weeks of crazy art. could you imagine doing any of that Sober!!?? wtf. it’s horrible. you should definitely not attend.

  4. Yeah it’s not cool that you just assume everyone at Burning Man does E. I do a barrel full of acid and 2CB.

  5. 2013 will be remembered as “The Great E-Drought”…Burning Man attendees will be finally forced to interact without chemical assistance..oh, the humanity!